Sat, Feb 18|
BLACK MAN ON A MISSION
A virtual hip-hop music visual concept project Celebrating 50 years of hip-hop written, directed & performed by Derek Shields A PROJECT FOR THE 2O23 BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES Special two-weekend fundraiser to benefit Highways PART I: VIRTUVISION | WORDS & MUSIC | Feb. 17 – 18
Time & Location
Feb 18, 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
About The Event
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of hip-hop, Black Man on a Mission is an engaging, compelling, pulsating virtual hip-hop music visual concept project, and the 2nd project for the Black History Month Series fundraiser to benefit Highways.
Black Man on a Mission* is written, directed, produced & performed by Derek Shields, a Harlem native, now based in L.A. Once part of an emerging hip-hop group, Shields now independently releases his own hip-hop music (11 digital albums to date, 9 on key music platforms). His cadence and lyrical ability to be both whimsical and witty, yet when needed deft and deep, makes him more of a hip-hop performance artist, let alone the impactful visuals of his work. He also owns a successful graphic business—not a stretch since Shields was once a NYC graffiti artist with tagging roots.
For Black Man on a Mission, Shields curated and created a special edit of archival music videos from his previous work, as well as recent ones.
In Black Man on a Mission via three parts, Shields takes the virtual viewers on a visual, musical—and emotional—journey about the challenges faced by being Black, especially a Black Man in these times. Yet in Part 3, he tries to give a sense of hope amidst the chaos.
That being said, the last song, “Someone’s Son” is a somber and moving reminder of what continues to haunt this nation…
An interview with Shields follows, where he talks about and shares a peek of his newest release, Shoot for tha Moon.
*(project contains sensitive language and images.)
Suggested ticket price is $20. We offer a PAY-WHAT-U-CAN option in the spirit of Highways' reopening.
We are also grateful for any amounts higher than $20 in light of this being a fundraiser.